Aquatics; Risk Management/Legal Issues
023 Diving Deep into Scuba Programming
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Austin 1-3
Tec Clark, Nova Southeastern University
Scuba programming is heavily requested by students wishing to become certified divers, as well as external vendors wishing to instruct at colleges and universities. Scuba programming can be popular, safe, and profitable if it is properly developed. In this presentation, participants will learn of the many issues surrounding scuba training. These include agencies, industry standards, liability issues, academic vs. recreational, equipment, and screening of proper diving professionals.
Core Competencies: Programming; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand where liability issues in scuba programming exist, and learn how to mitigate them.
  2. Understand what to look for in hiring diving professionals and/or partnering with dive shops.
  3. Learn various business strategies for increasing participation and generating revenue through scuba programming.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Risk Management/Legal Issues
026 Unpaid Internships: Legal or Illegal?
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Fort Worth 5-6
Susan Brown Foster, RCRSP, CRSS, Ph.D., Saint Leo University
Recent legal cases involving interns have resulted in quite a confusing landscape for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. This information-filled session will dissect the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) six mandatory requirements for using unpaid interns. An examination of recent legal cases will assist attendees in understanding how the courts have examined unpaid positions, and explain some of the confusing aspects of terminology within the FLSA. Some institutions believe not-for-profit status protects them from the law and the session’s content will also examine this belief.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Business Management; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn talking points for when conversing with institutional legal counsel on the utilization of paid versus unpaid interns.
  2. Be able to explain the six Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for crafting unpaid internships positions.
  3. Be able to articulate rationale and decision-making criteria for developing paid internship positions to superiors.
Risk Management/Legal Issues
032 Beyond Background Checks: How to Screen for Offenders
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Texas A-B
Aaron Lundberg, Praesidium, Inc.; Candace Collins, Praesidium, Inc.; and Aaron Lundberg, Praesidium, Inc.
Screening and selection are the first defenses against offenders who seek access to the minors you serve. Less than 5% of offenders have a criminal history so participants will be taught specific interview questions that may reveal characteristics in an applicant that indicate an increased risk of abusive behavior. Attendees will also learn to detect evasive and deceptive responses, and receive red-flag checklists that can be used during the hiring process.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to determine who should receive what level of screening within your program.
  2. Learn how to encourage high-risk applicants to self-select out.
  3. Learn what types of background checks you should be running, and what the new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission/Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations mean for you.
Aaron Lundberg, Candace Collins
Risk Management/Legal Issues; Strategic Planning
201 Determine a Risk Rating for All of Your Programs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Texas C
Ian McGregor, Ph.D., Ian McGregor & Associates Inc.
How do you manage risk? Campus recreation departments need to determine just how risky their recreation programs and facilities are, before developing risk management plans! Learn how to quantify risk by establishing a risk rating for all programs you manage.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to develop a risk rating for all your programs and facilities.
  2. Apply the risk rating tool to your programs to gain a better perspective of how risky your various programs are.
  3. Understand the concepts of residual risk and risk appetite and how they will impact your decision-making process in managing program risks.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Risk Management/Legal Issues
086 Complying with Title IX in Club and Intramural Sport Programs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine B/4-6
Jacqueline McDowell, Ph.D., George Mason University; Robyn Deterding, CRSS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Terry Elmore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Edward Morford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title IX legislation seeks to prevent sex and gender discrimination in club and intramural sports, but guidance to encourage compliance with the law is limited and vague. This educational session will discuss how Title IX affects campus recreation departments, and will extend the dialogue surrounding the application of recommended gender equity guidelines for club and intramural sports programs.
Core Competencies: Programming; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the legal requirements that campus recreation departments have under Title IX legislation.
  2. Use recommended gender equity guidelines to assess gender equity in their club and intramural sport programs.
  3. Identify strategies to help overcome structural and/or contextual factors that could impede gender equity efforts.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Risk Management/Legal Issues
088 Assessing Customer Service, Job Knowledge, and Emergency Response with Departmental Audits
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine D
Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Benjamin Burnham, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Heather Foster, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; and Joey Halpin, Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Learn how to implement a departmental audit process that can help formally assess employee proficiency and skills in customer service, job knowledge, and emergency response. Operating with a student-led approach promotes student ownership with minimal impact on professional staff workload. Program outcomes include improved customer service, patron safety, and student development.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe how to implement an audit program that covers customer service, job knowledge, and emergency response using the forms and procedures discussed.
  2. Develop pre- and post-audit assessments to analyze improvements in staff performance.
  3. Identify how to utilize student managers to lead the audit program autonomously.
Risk Management/Legal Issues; Personal/Professional Development
094 The ROY Program: A Collaborative Approach to Emergency Preparedness
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Austin 1-3
Emma Reeners, Florida Gulf Coast University; Carl Bleich, Florida Gulf Coast University; and Chad Caldwell, Florida Gulf Coast University
Some student employees shudder when they hear the words “red shirt drills.” The ROY Program can change that. Using student input, the program was developed to include “orange” and “yellow” portions of assessment to ease the pressure and help students perform better during red shirt drills and actual emergencies. Learn how expanding your risk management assessment of student employees to encompass more than just red shirt drills can help your department become better prepared for an emergency.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to introduce and explain the ROY Program’s three major components and the purposes they serve in reinforcing risk management theories and policies.
  2. Identify the two benefits of collaborating with student leaders in designing a risk management assessment program.
Risk Management/Legal Issues; Managing/Leading Student Staff
113 Active Shooter: One Plan Just Isn’t Enough
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grapevine B/4-6
Kate Dorrity, Purdue University
An active shooter incident is devastating for a college campus. Developing a department response plan can be challenging because of both the unpredictable nature of such an incident and the complex role recreational sports play on college campuses. Learn how to create situation-based response plans and implement an associated staff training session that provides a safe environment and focuses on flexibility.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Human Resource Management; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how situational awareness is critical in determining an appropriate response.
  2. Be able to identify three ways of responding to an active shooter incident based on the location of the incident.
  3. Develop staff training practices to best prepare them for the challenges they will face in an active shooter incident.
Risk Management/Legal Issues
137 Risk Management Roundtable
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Fort Worth 1-2
Matt Horst, CRSS, Georgia Southern University; Susan Brown Foster, RCRSP, CRSS, Ph.D., Saint Leo University; Scott Haines, CRSS, RCRSP, SUNY College at Brockport; and Yvette Kell, CRSS, CENTERS, LLC At University of Missouri-St Louis
Join the Risk Management Community of Practice Work Team as it discusses various hot topics that were posted online throughout the year, answers questions, and examines risk management best practices.
Risk Management/Legal Issues
142 Federal Legislation Impacting Higher Education
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Texas 1-3
Carol Holladay, Hurt, Norton, & Associates; and Jennifer Waller, Ph.D., Association for Student Conduct Administration
NIRSA participates in the Student Affairs Legislative Consortium with ASCA, NASPA, ACUHO-I, and ACPA. Information on NIRSA’s advocacy efforts at the national level will be presented during this session. Join us to learn more about current federal legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, Reauthorization of Higher Education Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. A representative from the law firm Hurt, Norton, and Associates and the Executive Director from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) will provide information on relevant legislative topics.